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Royal Icing Recipe


Veg CD CBF British 20mins plus standing

This icing recipe is suitable for icing rich fruit cakes such as Christmas cake or wedding cakes once they have been covered with almond paste (marzipan).


Ices 1 x 20cm/8 inch cake

Prep & Cook Time:

20 mins

Recipe Tags Cold   Vegetarian  Cakes  teatime Christmas  Birthday Fruit cake Gluten Wheat Dairy free  Britain  Europe photo


675g/1-˝lb Icing Sugar
3 Egg Whites
2 teasp Glycerine
2 teasp Lemon Juice



1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the egg whites lightly with a fork until frothy.
2. Sift in the icing sugar a little at a time, whisking well until  the icing reaches soft peaks.

3. Add the glycerine if and the lemon juice and mix well.
Cover with a damp cloth or clingfilm for a short time until ready to use.

See Christmas Cake recipe for details on icing a cake.

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Key techniques required to make this recipe


Sift  -  To pass  a dry ingredient, such as flour, through a sieve to ensure it is lump free.


Whisk – to – To beat air into a mixture until soft and fluffy.

Main equipment required to make this recipe

Mixing Bowl




Tips, Options and Substitutions

Add food colouring


Make Ahead/Freezing

 Can be made up to 2 weeks ahead. Store in an  airtight container.Before using stir well, or  whisk with an electric mixer.

Not suitable for freezing

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